AMERICAN MODELING TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

Transforming STEM Education

aka AMTA   |   Shelbyville, KY   |  https://modelinginstruction.org

Mission

AMTA is a professional organization of teachers, by teachers and for teachers who utilize Modeling Instruction in their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching practice. Our mission is to provide professional development for teachers in the Modeling Method of Instruction, to provide resources that support the use of Modeling Instruction in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and middle school science classrooms, and to support and enable collaboration among Modelers. AMTA strives to foster brilliant teaching and deep learning.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Officer

Dr. William Thornburgh

Main address

P.O. Box 11

Shelbyville, KY 40066 USA

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Formerly known as

Modeling Instruction Program

EIN

54-2179316

NTEE code info

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

Science, General (includes Interdisciplinary Scientific Activities) (U20)

Professional Societies, Associations (S03)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

AMTA's goal is to spread the Modeling method of instruction and improve STEM teachers' practices. As a result of professional development offerings, this will strengthen their pedagogy, deepen their own conceptual knowledge, and improve student learning.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Modeling Instruction Workshops

These multi-week professional development workshops train teachers in the Modeling Method of Instruction for physics, chemistry, biology, physical science, middle school science, astronomy, and computational modeling.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

Seven Modeling listservs and numerous forums form connect the large virtual community of Modelers (i.e., teachers who use Modeling Instruction). Our listservs have a total of over 11,000 subscribers and 2500 teachers are paying members of the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A large curated repository of curriculum and assessment resources that have been adapted to optimize use in Modeling physics, chemistry, biology, physical science, middle school science, astronomy, and computational modeling classrooms. These resources are in continual revision to ensure that they are up-to-date, aligned with national standards, and useful to Modeling teachers

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

Modeling Workshops are intensive and each is led by 2 qualified leaders. Workshop leaders must have completed at least two Modeling Workshops, have a recommendation from a workshop leader, have used Modeling Instruction in their classroom for several years, have completed a leadership training course, and have been a successful intern alongside a senior leader.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Modeling Instruction Workshops

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Professional development modules beginning in 2019. These modules were successful for our first attempt. We were able to continue hosting modules in 2020 before the pandemic began.

Number of diversity training courses conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Modeling Workshop Leader training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Equity and diversity webinars, outreach sessions, conference presentations, and communication with members.

Total number of classes offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Modeling virtual teacher community

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Distance learning courses available to members

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Continued updating of curricular packages.
Expanded number of online workshops.
Expand workshop offerings, both in number and location.

We have developed a Workshop Leader Training workshop and pipeline to increase the number of workshops offered.
We have engaged a fundraising organization who will assist us with online and texting based fundraising.

In 2015, we moved from a part-time Executive Officer to a full time one. Our National Workshop Coordinator continues to manage workshops around the country (and a few international), and to maintain our membership rolls.

Accomplishments:
Continued expansion of workshop types, number, and locations.
Successful implementation of online/distance learning workshops.
Completion of a Middle School curricular package.

Need to accomplish:
More data tracking of workshop attendees, and how successful they are in implementing Modeling Instruction in their classrooms.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AMERICAN MODELING TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

Board of directors
as of 4/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Teresa Marx


Board co-chair

George Nelson

Mike Dolan

Teresa Marx

Melissa Girmscheid

Chantel Dooley

Tanea Hibler

Holly McTernan

Kelli Warble

George Nelson

Marta Stoeckel

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/12/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/12/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.